We are deeply grateful to the generations of parents who have invested in Gateway School throughout its history to create this thriving and vibrant educational experience for thousands of children. We invite you to join current parents, alumni parents, alumni, trustees, staff, and friends and express your generosity through this tradition of philanthropy.

Giving at Gateway

As a preeminent independent school, Gateway relies on more than tuition to fulfill our mission. The full cost of a Gateway education is a combination of tuition and philanthropic support from the Gateway community. Fundraising allows Gateway to provide students with an exemplary educational experience. Specific examples of how these dollars are used include: faculty professional development, program enhancements, and support for Flexible Tuition.

Every school day we support our mission by inspiring and engaging our students. From the application of neuroscience to the practice of mindfulness, our faculty fearlessly pursue a greater understanding of how the brain works and use it to design a curriculum that cultivates critical thinking, strong academic knowledge, and the equally important skills of resiliency, organization, reflection, and decision-making that are essential to future success. Our dedicated community’s support of our school makes all of this possible.

The Annual Fund

The Annual Fund for Gateway provides valuable unrestricted funds that support every aspect of the school. By making a tax-deductible donation to the Annual Fund, you make an immediate impact on our ability to deliver the highest quality education, enriched co-curriculum programs, small class sizes and outdoor learning, as well as to support the salaries of our dedicated and talented faculty and specialists.

Annual Fund Giving Levels

All donors who give $1,000 or more through Annual Giving are considered leaders within Gateway School’s philanthropic culture and are invited to a Donor Appreciation Party in the spring and a Leadership Reception in the fall. We value every gift and ask that each family give according to their means.

  • Founders – $10,000 +
  • Guardians – $5,000 – $9,999
  • Patrons – $2,500 – $4,999
  • Benefactors – $1,000 – $2,499
  • Friends – $500 – $999
  • Sponsors – $250 – $499
  • Contributors – up to $249

Matching Gifts

Many companies match charitable gifts, increasing the impact of your support. Please check with your company’s human resources department to inquire about eligibility.

Investment Opportunities

Philanthropic support ensures that Gateway School thrives.

Annual Fund for Gateway
Gifts to the Annual Fund support Gateway’s current fiscal year’s operations. Like all independent schools, we structure our tuition to be affordable to the widest possible range of families. Therefore, tuition is part of our revenue strategy but not our entire revenue strategy. Annual Giving provides Gateway community members at every income level the opportunity to invest in our school’s excellence with a gift that is meaningful to them. We ask for annual fund gifts and pledges each fall and gifts and/or pledge payments are accepted at any time during our July 1 to June 30 fiscal year.
Targeted Giving of Restricted Gifts
In making these special gifts, donors go beyond their annual gifts to make a substantial contribution to a specific program or purpose. Our student computer labs, a comprehensive Music program, and classroom furniture project are examples of how targeted gifts transform the Gateway and have a lasting impact. Please contact Jen Graham in the Advancement Office if you have a specific area of interest you would like to discuss.
Endowment gifts are a way to secure Gateway’s future. An endowment’s principal is invested and a percentage of the earned interest can be used each year. Gateway has two endowment funds — the Hannelore Herbig endowment fund, named after the school’s founder, and the Financial Aid endowment fund. New endowment funds can also be established; please contact Jen Graham in the Advancement Office for more information.
Ways to Give
Gateway School is a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and as such, donations at tax-deductible as allowed by law. Tax ID #94-2441484.

Cash/Check/Credit Card
The most common way to make charitable donations are gifts made by check or credit card. Donations may be given all at one time or on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Appreciated Assets
Gifts of appreciated assets, such as stocks, bonds, or mutual funds can be a tax-efficient way to support Gateway. Gifts of appreciated assets held for a year or more may provide a greater tax benefit to you than gifts of cash. Your charitable income tax deduction is equal to the fair market value and you avoid paying capital gains tax on the current value over the original cost of the asset. Contact the Advancement Office if you wish to learn more.

Donated items or professional services that are necessary to the operation and advancement of the school are considered gifts-in-kind. Past gifts include auction items, computer software, and services such as architectural planning. Gifts-in-kind are appreciated throughout the year.

Donor-Advised Funds
A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is a charitable giving vehicle established by an individual or family and administered by a non-profit (the sponsor organization). The donor recommends investments and grants, and the sponsor organization administers distributions. Gateway School accepts donations made through DAFs.

Planned Gifts
Bequests are the simplest planned gifts. By naming Gateway School in your will or trust, you can make a gift that assures the future of independent school education. Bequests can be placed into an endowment, support a targeted opportunity, or support the annual fund. There are many planned giving vehicles available. Please notify the Advancement Office to include Gateway in your estate or discuss planned giving options.

For more information call the Advancement Office at (831) 423-0341, extension 332.